From Leucadia, with Love.

It seems to be about time for an update!  For those of you that don’t know, I have taken over the office space in Leaucadia.  This means my hours are more flexible and my location is predictable.  I am thrilled to be growing my bodywork practice in one of the most grounded and beautiful towns in Southern California. If you haven’t visited me in the new office yet, I am located just off Coastal Hwy 101 (so it’s easy to find me), but because the building is set back from the street it is also quiet and wonderfully serene.  

Following an accident I was involved with this summer, I have been doing a lot of my own healing work.  I have faith that these experiences will ultimately prepare me to serve a more diverse population of clients.  I feel so blessed to be doing this work.  Thank you so much for your time, love and support!!!

Yoga-ssage this Saturday, June 8th!! 10:30-Noon

YOGA-SSAGE at THE WALL Climbing Gym.  Saturday, 6/8 10:30-12

~Yoga studio in the climbing gym~

1210 Keystone Way Suite C, Vista, CA 92081

Genevieve Garvin, CMT will be leading a creative blend of Ashtanga Yoga fundamentals with Restorative Yoga ~and~ Massage Therapy. She has practiced yoga and bodywork for 2 decades, and intuitively integrates Deep Tissue, Myofascial, and numerous other bodywork modalities with Upledger based CranioSacral Therapy.  Genevieve has studied and assisted Ashtanga Yoga primarily under the guidance of Tim Miller and uses the Ashtanga practice as a foundation for all her teaching.

The intention of this class is to first activate the central energy channel of the body through a detailed and modified look at Surya Namaskara (The Sun Salutations).  Students will then have the opportunity to experience deep nervous system calming through restorative poses with therapeutic massage in a safe, supportive environment.  Space is limited.  $30.

To register please go to: text or call: 928-225-9964

Let go... of the pain in your neck

Stress. Tech neck. Poor sleep habits.  Common as these things may be, they create imbalances in the neck.   If appropriate action isn’t taken, they can result in tension, neck/shoulder pain, headaches, TMJ, and probably some emotional stress.  Even a small injury can wreak havoc on a compromised system.  So, how do we break out of this cycle?  

Think superficial to deep.  If the core of your neck is out of balance and the superficial tissues aren’t addressed, they are likely to pull back into familiar (all be it dysfunctional) resting states.

Consider fascia.  Every day our fascial system (which wraps every nerve, muscle fiber, group and structure of the body) creates new “fuzz” restricting movement.  If the fuzz isn’t mobilized, it can take over and create more restriction in areas you don't regularly use.  A daily yoga practice or other movement routine that challenges your ROM (range of motion) can clear the daily fascial fuzz.  It’s smart mobility maintenance. 

Sometimes soft tissue in the neck doesn't release easily, though.  And stretching will only take you as far as your most resistant tissues allow.  If the traps are tight, you’ll be hard pressed to find release in the scalenes.  A skilled Massage Therapist can work wonders.  Someone who addresses fascial restrictions as well as muscular tension will provide the most effective relief.  Be sure the sessions are scheduled close enough that you can feel progress.  Pairing this with daily movement, you should notice your ROM increasing and pain decreasing.  Even small amounts of change are worth celebrating.

OK, but what if the problem is in your skeletal alignment?  Going to a Chiropractor might bring relief, but if there has been trauma in the body it will likely brace and protect itself from further jarring, not completely releasing with adjustments.  In these cases, CranioSacral Therapy can make an real difference.  Based in Osteopathic Medicine, the approach is structural but gently encourages the natural movements of the bones to one another.  With guidance, the body unwinds as it begins to trust that it is safe to let go.  CranioSacral Therapy can release deep compressions between the Cervical Vertebrae and the Occiput, in addition to other bones that may have jammed as a result of impact, strain or tension.  Be patient.  Sometimes this process takes time.

If you seek natural healing, make it possible.  Empower yourself with self care.  Check that the pillow you sleep with keeps your neck aligned with the rest of your spine. Explore castor oil packs and cold therapy as tools.  If your pain increases or shows no signs of improvement though, you should check in with your doctor.  In the meantime remember, superficial to deep.  And by all means, breathe and enjoy the ride.

“There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.” ~Friedrich Nietzche

Massage Therapy and Athletic Performance

Athletic training can be rigorous. Competitive or not, there will likely be demands challenging your body’s strength, speed, endurance, flexibility, breath work and cardiovascular abilities.  Massage Therapy can support your training.  Massage can offer greater flexibility, faster recovery, decreased soreness, diminished inflammation, reduced tension -and- it can help prevent injuries. Not to mention better sleep and the positive psychological effects of deep relaxation.

Reduces Inflammation  Studies do show that treatments for sore muscles such as ice baths and anti-inflammatory medications can reduce inflammation. Unfortunately, these methods tend to block muscle repair and growth. Massage, on the other hand, has the ability to calm the inflammation process by reducing pain and activating efficient lymphatic circulation. Massage also speeds muscle recovery by promoting mitochondrial biogenesis (i.e. healthy cellular growth).

Improves Circulation/ Reduces Tension  Deep Tissue Massage can help you train more efficiently.  Tight muscles are problematic in terms of blood flow. If tight muscles slow down blood flow to muscles, then they also slow down the removal of metabolites. Nutrients gained from adequate nutrition are transported in the blood to rebuild broken-down tissues and make them stronger. If muscles are tight, that will reduce blood flow during the recovery phase. The result will be less than ideal progress.

Improves Flexibility  Flexible joints require less energy to move through a greater range of motion. But training and competition can lead to increased tension and restriction. The effects may include development of adhesions where the muscle, fascia, and other tissues stubbornly stick together.  Massage can soften and release these restrictions and stretch muscle fibers, making flexibility in larger muscles groups more accessible. 

Pain Reduction  Massage alleviates muscular pain caused by overwork or injury. If an athlete is in pain, they will not perform optimally. Pain is also a message that something is wrong.  Massage can rehabilitate problem areas in soft tissue and keep you working at peak levels.

Sleep Improvement  Sleep is an important part of the recovery process.  The athlete who goes to bed in a high-tension state will have difficulty getting to sleep and may often wake during the night or wake too early. All of this compromises recovery. Regular massage treatments will reduce tension and promote deeper and longer sleep.

By having a quality massage treatment every few weeks, Athletes can reduce inflammation, improve circulation, increase flexibility, reduce pain and improve their sleep cycle.  It is worth considering if you are having problems recovering from workouts. Massage Therapy can also help to identify potential trouble spots and micro-injuries before they progress into something more serious. Ultimately, massage can make your training efforts more efficient.  So treat yourself to a massage, your body and your performance will thank you for it.


Genevieve Garvin, CMT

Genevieve has been practicing bodywork for the past 23 years.  She is the owner/operator of Chikitsa Healing Arts in Carlsbad, CA and specializes in Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy.  She has worked with many athletes over the years, and is passionate about serving people.  She is also a dedicated Ashtanga Yoga Student, Teacher, Visual Artist and Mother of 2 fantastic kids who use her as their test dummy for Jiu Jitsu moves.


It has been a really busy year!  Chikitsa has officially relocated to beautiful Carlsbad, CA.  As it turns out, finding just the right office space is not easy in Southern California.  So.  In the meantime, I am available for house calls and have access to occasional use of space in the Village of Carlsbad as well as Encinitas.  Give me a ring (or shoot me a text) if you'd like to connect! :)

Craniosacral 2 at the Esalen Institute

October was very good to me.  I had never been to The Esalen Institute before.  What a treat!  And what a perfect place to take my practice deeper and reap tangible benefits from Craniosacral work.  Beautiful weather, oceanside hot springs, delicious organically cooked meals, and great people!  Oh!  I also got to see the Monarch butterflies in migration, tons of hummingbirds, bluebirds and 6+ dolphins leaping/breaching/dancing for me my last day!  WOW.

In class, we reviewed the 10 step protocol, learned about the dynamic relationship between the sphenoid bone (in the cranial cavity), and the sacrum.  I also learned more techniques for regulating the sphenoid.  Then what once seemed daunting... inter-oral work.  I was pleasantly surprised to discover how truly relaxing the effect of this work can be!  One of my classmates did an amazing job disimpacting my vomer from my sphenoid bone (via the hard palate).  Another classmate spent 20 minutes unwinding my sacrum.  Holy crap did it dance!  This work brought me face to face with old traumas in the most gentle, supportive way I could have imagined.  I feel so blessed.

It has been a month now, and I still feel the effects of the work.  I feel lighter, more relaxed and much happier!  It is my hope that more and more people will catch on to how beneficial this modality is.  It truly makes the world a better place!

Until next time.

Craniosacral training in San Francisco

Earlier this month, I embarked on a journey of Cranial Sacral Therapy Training through the Upledger Institute.  I could not be more in love with a therapeutic process.  This modality is exceedingly gentle and deeply, deeply healing.  

I found that as a practitioner and as a receiver, that the more I could let go, the better the results.  What a liberation!  I am so grateful for the gifts this is bringing to my personal life, and the possibilities it can bring to my clients.  I am honored to share this beautiful work with the Flagstaff community!!!